Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Don't give your dog milk

My ex father in law was a medical specialist. He had a German Shepard dog as a pet. A magnificent animal. When the dog was a bit “off” he would give the dog milk to drink. This made the dogs life even worse.
I told him “ no ways you give a dog milk to drink, it upsets their digestive system”
Then one was targeted with that “ who is the Doctor around here” look that makes one shut up. Puppies drink milk!!!!!
I had heard this bit of information from a lady that bred dogs for a living, and that was good enough for me.
Today, I heard the same story. Give the dog milk.
So I phoned the local vet, his answer was:
Some dogs lack an enzyme that is required to break down sugars in milk. This is a form of lactose intolerance that develops in some dogs after weaning.
Undigested sugars create all sorts of problems; the major symptoms are diarrhea and vomiting.
Not all dogs have this problem, but it is common.
So beware, if your dog has these symptoms, back off on the milk.

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